Kill Devil Hills officer injured when pickup slams into the rear of his parked patrol car

A pickup truck slammed into a parked police car on U.S. 158. Photo courtesy of the Kill Devil Hills Police Department.

A pickup truck slammed into the rear of a police patrol car here early Wednesday as it sat parked with lights flashing behind a Dominion Power truck.

The pickup truck driver, Charlie Spruill, 80, of Powells Point, was thrown into the windshield and seriously injured, said Trooper Karl Libby, with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He was flown to a hospital in Greenville, N.C.

A passenger who was wearing her seat belt was driven by ambulance to a Greenville hospital for evaluation, according to a release from the Kill Devil Hills Police Department.

The collision happened at about 5:30 a.m. before daylight. The officer sitting in his patrol car was injured and taken to the Outer Banks Hospital for evaluation.

A work crew from Dominion Power was doing repairs near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Martin St. The police officer parked behind the Dominion Power vehicle with his lights on to warn passing traffic.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating and charges could be pending. There was no indication of speeding or alcohol use, Libby said.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272,

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